Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on this day in 1968. He was killed by James Earl Ray, who fired a shot at him through a bathroom window. Martin Luther, who was standing on a hotel balcony, succumbed moments later at the hospital. He was 39.
On the same day in 1928, Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Other events that happened today in history:
- 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dreams about a Presidential assassination, 10 days before his assassination
- 1949 – NATO is founded by 12 member states
- 1975 – Microsoft is born through a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen
- 2008 – Rapper Jay Z (43) marries Beyonce Knowles (30).